Gjonaj: EU accession is a state-building process for Albania

Gjonaj: EU accession is a state-building process for Albania

“Albania has shown political will and ability to take all necessary measures to meet the conditions of the European Union,” Etilda Gjonaj said today.

Justice Minister Etilda Gjonaj attended a virtual panel organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung together with Katarina Barley, Vice President of the European Parliament and Justice Minister of North Macedonia Bojan Maricik.

Gjonaj stressed that at the meeting, “we discussed the mechanisms for ensuring the rule of law in the EU and the candidate countries, as well as the importance of EU support for the region and the European values ​​that we aspire to unite with EU countries.”

“In this panel, I stressed that Albania has shown political will and ability to take all necessary measures to meet the conditions of the European Union. Justice reform remains one of the most comprehensive reforms in the Western Balkans, unprecedented for EU member states,” Gjonaj said.

“The legal framework, the establishment of new institutions in justice has already been completed. Part of the Reform is the mechanisms and measures taken to combat corruption, such as the establishment of a special anti-corruption structure, the control of all judges and prosecutors, but also the significant increase in the salaries of the judiciary. All this to give our citizens an independent, transparent, impartial justice system, where political influence is drastically reduced. We know that the unification of the rule of law will take time, but the reform of the judiciary is an irreversible process,” said the Minister of Justice.

“We are grateful for all the political, financial and technical assistance provided by the European Union, which has praised the progress of justice reform and has been our partner in this not-so-easy journey to lay the foundations of the rule of law,” Gjonaj added.

At the same time, Gjonaj believs”it is important that the conditions and the fulfillment of the recommendations are inextricably linked and that the EU countries do not deviate from their promises, provided that we fulfill the conditions.”

The EU accession process has been a state-building process for Albania and a stabilization process for the region; we are part of Europe geographically, economically, politically and socially. Now is the time to officially join the European family,” Gjonaj concluded. /ibna